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Shire gets the Blues

Channel Ten has revealed the first image from the set of its new drama series Puberty Blues. Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Claudia Karvan, Ashleigh Cummings and Ed Oxenbould star in the eight-part series, based on the novel by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette. The series is being shot in the book's setting, Sydney's Sutherland Shire, and also stars Susie Porter, Dan Wyllie and Rodger Corser. It will be produced for Ten by John Edwards and Imogen Banks and airs later this year.

ABC rakes in New Zealand's finest

The ABC has signed New Zealand-born Martin Henderson for a guest role in season two of Rake. Henderson, who shot to fame on the soap Shortland Street, relocated to Los Angeles where his credits include The Ring, Bride & Prejudice and the Shonda Rhimes series Off the Map. Henderson starts filming on Rake today. The series, which stars Richard Roxburgh as defence barrister Cleaver Greene, returns to the ABC later this year.

VP sworn in

The cable channel Showcase has acquired the HBO comedy Veep and will premiere it in June. The series, set in the office of a fictional US vice-president, stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) and was written by Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell. Iannucci started working with HBO in 2009 after an unsuccessful US adaptation of his British hit The Thick of It was piloted in 2007 by Sony but plans to develop The Thick of It further were shelved in favour of Veep. It launches in the US this week.

Mum's still the word

Almost 30 years after the ABC's Mother and Son first aired, Lithuanian broadcaster TV3 has acquired the rights to it and will make its own version. It is the eighth adaptation of the format. Katherine McMillan, the ABC's formats sales manager, described the series as timeless. ''I am sure there are more [adaptations] to come,'' she says. The series was created by Geoffrey Atherden.

Hamish & Andy's Euro trip

Logie-winning duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee slipped out of the country on the weekend, bound for London to start work on Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year for Channel Nine. The 10-part series will be based in an old London pub and screen in the lead up to the Olympics. The duo will film segments across Europe, with Italy, France and Russia whispered as stops on the itinerary.

Bloody good work

Director Peter Andrikidis has been honoured with a silver plaque at the 48th annual Hugo Television Awards in Chicago. The award, for special achievement in direction, was for his work on Blood Brothers, Nine's true-crime telemovie based on the 1993 Gilham murders. It starred Lisa McCune, Tony Martin and Michael Dorman.